Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital’s
Bariatric Surgery Post-Operative Support Groups
The SECOND Tuesday of Every Month · 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 6:30 pm
PLEASE NOTE: SUPPORT GROUP WILL BE HELD A WEEK EARLY IN JUNE ON TUESDAY, JUNE 6TH AS I WILL BE UNAVAILABLE ON JUNE 13TH…. MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND! BRING COMFORTABLE SHOES FOR WALKING THAT NIGHT AND IF THE WEATHER IS GOOD WE WILL CONVENE IN THE BEAUTIFUL PATIO GARDEN TO TALK AFTER A WALK.
Thanks to those who attended the Bariatric Support Group meeting last Tuesday. The topic we discussed was “Alcohol Consumption Following Bariatric Surgery.” While few in the room admitted to having an issue with this prevalent problem, I thank those who did share with the group and or with me privately. I am attaching the powerpoint presentation and a handout to this e-mail as requested by some who were present and quite a few who were unable to attend. Additionally, please read below this e-mail sent to me by a post-op patient who was unable to attend but wanted to share her experience with you all:
I so wish I could be there tonight to share my story. Unfortunately, I had spinal fusion surgery last week, so I’m on the mend.
Feel free to share this if you think it will help the group.
Of all the rules following bariatric surgery, this is the one I chose not to follow. Since young adulthood, I have just been a social drinker. Many years I only imbibed at our family Christmas party.
Well, last summer, after having the sleeve done in October, our new neighborhood began TGIF backyard parties. What began with a sip here and a shot there, very quickly became almost a contest to me of whether I could keep up with these 20-30 years younger couples, despite the sleeve. Boy, was I having fun!!!
The problem is, not everyone else was. I was embarrassing my adult daughter, flirting with my neighbors’ husbands, and just all around behaving badly.
I was straightforward with my family doctor about the situation and told her I had it all figured out. I knew this was hard on my liver, so had decided to do a liver detox 4 times yearly.
She wasn’t happy with that solution, and asked if I would now consider recovery. My liver enzymes were already on the rise.
I have been in recovery now since last Fall, and am not looking back. I did not lose all this weight to lose my life to alcohol!!
This patient said it well in her last sentence….. Please ask for help if you are finding yourself in this situation.
Support group is a place where anything goes and you aren’t judged. Support groups offer a “safe place.” You can talk openly about what’s going on in your life and what you are struggling with. So many people have the same struggles. You can get great ideas and suggestions that have all worked for others. Sometimes relationships change after surgery as you change. New friends can easily be found at support group. There is something to be said about connecting with someone who is in the exact same situation you are.
You deserve to take this time for yourself 🙂 Make it your priority this month to come out…
Hope to see you then!
In the Sinai Medical Office Building (North side of the hospital – Orchard side)
(building to the left of the main hospital building on the Orchard / North side of Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital)
About our surgical weight loss groups
In order to best meet the needs of our post-surgical patients,
Led by Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital’s Bariatric Nurse Navigator, our meetings are educational in nature, but there is always time for open discussion. Educational topics vary each month – from nutrition, holiday eating & exercise to various topics presented by psychologists & other healthcare providers.
The time of the meeting is meant to accommodate the most people – those who work, who drive an hour to attend, those with children that need help with homework and those little ones that need to be tucked in at night. We also heard from those of you who aren’t likely to go back out once you get home after work. If this is your mealtime, please feel free to bring a healthy snack.
Laura Kern, RN, BSN (Bariatric Nurse Navigator) at Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital can be contacted with questions at 248.937.3732 or email@example.com.
Reminder to all: You should be seeing your surgeon minimally at one week, 6 months, one year and annually for five years following bariatric surgery. Please call and make an appointment if you are due or past due and do not already have an appointment!